Ireland – Abortion campaigners face a gruelling battle of the Boyne

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Abortion campaigners face a gruelling battle of the Boyne
Canvassers from both sides are working hard to win hearts and minds in Drogheda
Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Harry McGee in Drogheda

On either side of the River Boyne, two small armies in day-glo bright uniforms move with military precision.

The two campaigns representing the Yes and No sides in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment have amassed impressive numbers of dedicated canvassers in Drogheda, which is as good a bellwether as any for what middle Ireland represents.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-campaigners-face-a-gruelling-battle-of-the-boyne-1.3468773

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Argentine women see legal abortion closer than ever

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Argentine women see legal abortion closer than ever

The Associated Press
Debora Rey
April 20, 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Pushed by a wave of demonstrations by women’s groups, the homeland of Pope Francis seems closer than ever to legalizing abortion.

The protests and shifting public opinion have led conservative President Mauricio Macri to call for Congress to launch a debate on a broader legalization of abortion in Argentina, which currently allows the procedure only in cases of rape or risks to the mother’s health.

Continued: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/argentine-women-see-legal-abortion-closer-than-ever

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Closer look at poll figures makes clear Eighth will be repealed

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Closer look at poll figures makes clear Eighth will be repealed
When undecided voters taken out of reckoning ‘Yes’ side has significant advantage

April 20, 2018
Pat Leahy

The abortion referendum will not be decided until this day five weeks, May 25th, when voters go to the polling stations to cast their votes on the future of the Eighth Amendment.

A lot of campaigning has yet to come. But unless something very substantial changes in the campaign over the coming weeks, the proposal to repeal the amendment, and liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws, will be passed.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/closer-look-at-poll-figures-makes-clear-eighth-will-be-repealed-1.3467464

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Ireland – Campaigners warn time is running out to register for abortion vote

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Campaigners warn time is running out to register for abortion vote
Together for Yes says young people have a "critical role" to play in the vote

19 Apr 2018
Michael Staines

Campaigners have launched a new drive calling on people to make sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming abortion referendum.

The 'Together for Yes' group is highlighting the "critical role" young people have to play in the campaign.

The group said there are some 466,000 people between the ages of 18-25 who are eligible to vote in Ireland - provided they are registered before the deadline on May 8th.

Continued: https://www.newstalk.com/Campaigners-warn-time-is-running-out-to-register-for-abortion-vote

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Ireland abortion debate heating up as Ireland decides its next step

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Ireland abortion debate heating up as Ireland decides its next step

John Spain
April 19, 2018

The vote on whether to repeal the 8th Amendment of Ireland's constitution, paving the way to change abortion law in Ireland, is set for May 25, and campaigning is taking off.

The referendum to introduce abortion into Ireland is now just over a month away -- the vote will be on May 25 -- and the national campaigns are finally kicking into life after weeks when surprisingly little has been heard from either side. Now it's all action, a bit like a baby in the womb when it gets to the stage when it suddenly begins kicking. Suddenly, like a bad rash that appears overnight, large red anti-abortion posters materialized on lampposts all over Dublin last week.

continued: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irishvoice/ireland-abortion-debate

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Why are Irish journalists again missing a movement?

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Una Mullally: Why are Irish journalists again missing a movement?
Media appears unable to interpret political movements formed outside traditional party structures

Mon, Apr 16, 2018
Una Mullally

We are at that moment in a referendum campaign where stories, takes, and points of view need to be generated as commentary. Some will be insightful, others less so. Some will be deliberately provocative, some will be more concentrated on facts. Some will fulfil the most tedious trope in journalism, where criticism will be levelled at a campaign by those who substitute expertise and experience for a “hunch”.

There are more than two opposing campaigns under way, of course, multiple campaigns – particularly on the pro-repeal side – emerging from grassroots activism and active citizenship. As the media narratives weave themselves in knots, what I find especially interesting is how this referendum campaign is frequently compared to the marriage equality referendum campaign. Generally, this comparison follows two narratives.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/una-mullally-why-are-irish-journalists-again-missing-a-movement-1.3462385

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Ireland’s fiercest culture war yet is being fought on our lampposts

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Ireland's fiercest culture war yet is being fought on our lampposts

April 15, 2018
Carl Kinsella
The war over Ireland's Eighth Amendment is being fought with streetlights and zip-ties.

In late May, Ireland will go to the polls to decide whether to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion — the Eighth Amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann. As the country hurtles towards this landmark moment, much of the attention has been focused on the respective canvassing approaches of the Yes and No campaigns.

As both sides set about ramping up their efforts to sway the public over the crucial home stretch, another ban has come into focus: Ireland's regulatory ban on paid political television and radio ads.

Continued: https://www.joe.ie/life-style/irelands-poster-war-621972

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Legal Abortion in Argentina? A Long Shot Is Suddenly Within Reach

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Legal Abortion in Argentina? A Long Shot Is Suddenly Within Reach

By DANIEL POLITI
APRIL 14, 2018

BUENOS AIRES — Lucía Bulat, a 19-year-old medical student, was dancing on the steps of the congressional palace in Buenos Aires as she looked out on a crowd of abortion rights demonstrators who had gathered in Argentina’s capital.

“It’s a beautiful day,” Ms. Bulat said on Tuesday. “We’re empowering ourselves and demanding our rights. We can’t let people keep telling us what we can and cannot do with our own bodies.”

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/world/americas/argentina-abortion-pope-francis.html

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Donegal pro-choice abortion group to officially launch referendum campaign

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Donegal pro-choice abortion group to officially launch referendum campaign

Friday 13th of April 2018

A Donegal pro-choice abortion group is set to launch its referendum campaign later next week.

Donegal Together For Yes! will hold a public meeting in Jackson's Hotel, Ballybofey on Friday, April 20 at 7.30pm.

Continued: https://www.donegalnow.com/news/donegal-pro-choice-abortion-group-officially-launch-referendum-campaign/218959

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Ireland – Abortion referendum: money pouring in from small donors, both sides claim

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Abortion referendum: money pouring in from small donors, both sides claim
Together for Yes raises €200,000 in a day; Save the 8th generates €100,000 at rally

Tue, Apr 10, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Fundraising appeals by abortion-referendum campaigns have raised significant amounts from small donors, both sides have claimed.

Together for Yes, which wants to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution on May 25th and allow abortion until the 12th week of pregnancy, said it raised more than €200,000 in 11 hours during an online crowdfunding appeal for its national poster campaign on Tuesday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/abortion-referendum-money-pouring-in-from-small-donors-both-sides-claim-1.3457117

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